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Borders Reviews

Updated September 9, 2014
Updated September 9, 2014
451 Reviews
3.2
451 Reviews
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Borders President and CEO Michael J. Edwards
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Coworkers were fabulous people, love of books and music (in 26 reviews)

  • They had a nice employee discount (in 27 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper Management seemed to be trying every method possible to save the company, but it was to late (in 32 reviews)

  • constant change, not much room for advancement, company went out of business (in 8 reviews)

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  1.  

    i miss it, what else is there to say

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Book Seller in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Book Seller in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Borders full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    some of the funnest and most knowledgeable people to work along side.

    Cons

    does not exist anymore, one bankrupt corp.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Great company

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Borders

    Pros

    People, books, advancement, salary & benefits

    Cons

    upper management, Direction of company & loss of culture

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Marketing

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing in Ann Arbor, MI
    Current Employee - Marketing in Ann Arbor, MI

    I have been working at Borders full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The people were exceptional to work with!! Family & Fun enviornment!

    Cons

    The workload was astronomical and pay was sub par.

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    NA

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Borders

    Pros

    Work environment, work-life balance, and so on

    Cons

    They went out of business

  6.  

    Great Staff, Great Supervisor, Troubled Company

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    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Borders full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The company wasn't doing well, but the people that worked alongside me turned what could have been an entirely negative experience into a mostly positive one.

    My Supervisor, who was the District Manager of the Chicago Market, was a strong leader. He was honest and fair. I learned a lot from him and my time spent w/ him has helped in my post-Borders career.

    My staff and colleagues, meanwhile, were equally strong. I learned as much from my subordinates as I did from my supervisors. We were in a sinking ship, and we knew it, and we worked together to keep it afloat as long as we could.

    I worked in three separate stores while I was with Borders, and each experience was similar to the one before it; great staff, great supervisor, troubled company.

    Cons

    From the onset of my employment, the company was in financial crisis. E-books were killing brick and mortar book retailers, and making our store monetary goals became more and more challenging as time went on. Everyone on staff knew that the book industry was in trouble. This made for some stressful situations. Company-wide conference calls were disheartening. Corporate management was panicked, and focuses were changing weekly in a desperate attempt to find something -anything- that would reverse the trends of the business. It was hard. And, ultimately, nothing worked. The company eventually closed its doors and we all lost our jobs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    ok

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    Current Employee - SALES CLERK in New York, NY
    Current Employee - SALES CLERK in New York, NY

    I have been working at Borders part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Books and decent customers to work with.

    Cons

    Low pay. Not much room for advancement.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Amazing

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    Current Employee - Bookseller/Barista in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Bookseller/Barista in Nashville, TN

    I have been working at Borders part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great employees, great training, great management, great product.

    Cons

    Strange hours, not a great discount

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/a

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    I miss my job!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Inventory Processing Team in Annapolis, MD
    Current Employee - Inventory Processing Team in Annapolis, MD

    I have been working at Borders full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people! Got to read lots of books and talk to people about books.

    Cons

    The whole going out of business thing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't sell your online presence to amazon. Oh wait...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Wonderful career to have with them

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - General Manager in Las Vegas, NV
    Current Employee - General Manager in Las Vegas, NV

    I have been working at Borders full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Advancement was always possible there

    Cons

    Poor leadership Unreal goals poor managment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Closed for good

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Bookseller in Monroeville, PA
    Current Employee - Bookseller in Monroeville, PA

    I have been working at Borders part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Because the company was closing, I was able to have a lot of flexibility with my schedule and my hours.

    Cons

    It is a good thing that Borders closed it's doors for good. The company was falling apart from the executives down to the management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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